Terrance always enjoyed cooking, but it wasn’t until he started his culinary education with Philabundance Community Kitchen that he saw what nutritious, quality food could do for his community.
“My favorite thing [about Philabundance Community Kitchen] is knowing that my work is helping people in need,” says 50–year–old Terrance.
Terrance graduated from the 14–week culinary vocational training program for low- to no-income adults in 2012 and was hired full–time with Philabundance Community Kitchen immediately following graduation. As a Lead Production Cook, he says he now has more self–esteem and courage for the future.
“[Philabundance Community Kitchen] helped me out of a lot of things and sent me in a new direction in my life,” Terrance says, smiling.
And we are happy to announce that, thanks to the support of generous people like you, even more neighbors will have a chance at a new, improved life path. Philabundance reached our initial $6.6 million capital campaign goal to make dreams of a Philabundance Community Kitchen expansion a reality!
With initial funds in place, a 58,000 square foot, state–of–the–art culinary training and production facility will be built in North Philadelphia. With the additional space, around 175 students will be able to receive training annually — up from only 90 at the program’s current location.
The new space will also allow the program to quadruple the number of healthy meals prepared for children, families and seniors in need. Already, Philabundance Community Kitchen serves more than 250,000 meals annually to the Delaware Valley’s most vulnerable residents.
Growth among programs like Philabundance Community Kitchen are only possible thanks to donors who give faithfully, like you.
“Your warm heart and overall appreciation for other human beings helps this program one hundred percent,” Terrance says.